Arran’s Corbetts- 29th April 2017
Friday evening had arrived and we had set Ardrossan as our meeting point. A quick hello, and bags were soon being carried to the Ferry Terminal for the 18.00 sailing.
We had chosen the same date to visit Arran as nearly every Cub Scout in the land and the Jamboree was set to take part in Lamlash – our destination also – was it going to be busy!!!!
The forecast was set dry but a little breezy and that was the case as we headed along Shore Road in Lamlash, a little later than usual on Saturday morning. No Ferry to catch until Monday and we knew time wasn’t going to be an issue. A cracking breakfast at the Old Pier Café was a grand way to start the day. Bacon and eggs rolls and a coffee had us fuelled up as we started up a sunny Glen Rosa.
The clouds scuttled by and we gradually gained height with some lovely easy scrambling along Beinn a’ Chliabhain. A short drop to a shallow Bealach was followed by the ascent to Beinn Tarsuinn – the first Corbett of the day. The walking was fantastic and the cloud was still steering clear of the tops – for the time being!!
Next up and we decided on Caisteal Abhain , returning to bag the magnificent Cir Mhor on the descent…. We skirted round Glen Sannox with great views to the sea on both side, but within a space of 10-15 minutes the cloud lowered by about 500m and we were soon deprived of the vistas- just goes to show how quickly things can change up here!! The wind was howling as we reached the summit of Caisteal Abhain and in contrast with the prior few hours the views were very grey!!!!!
Not hanging around we descended back to the bealach and set about climbing Cir Mhor… And what a mountain this is, must be one of the most scenic hills in Scotland – the climbs on its south face look mazing too – must return one day!!
Views were disappointingly nil on the summit L - however a great reason to return in the future!
Our thoughts now focussed on a speedy return down Glen Rosa to Brodick as we were thirsty for a Pint! We made it to the winehouse just before they stopped serving food. A few pints and fish and chips were lashed up- an absolutely superb outing in the hills of Arran
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